Security Council action needed to end South Sudan violence

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IDP's and villagers leave the UN House compound in Juba after seeking refuge and protection. UN Photo/Eric Kanalstein

Peace in South Sudan can only be salvaged through "a strong political and coordinated approach," UN peacekeeping chief Hervé Ladsous told the Security Council on Wednesday.

Deadly violence over the past week between rival forces in the capital, Juba, has killed hundreds of people, including two UN peacekeepers.

South Sudan has only been independent since July 2011 but has experienced more than two years of war stemming from a political rift between the President and his deputy.

While the two leaders have joined to form a transitional unity government, the renewed fighting has cast doubts over the implementation of a peace agreement signed last August.

Dianne Penn reports.

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